'Auring' out today, another cyclone looming

By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jan 04 2013 07:38 AM | Updated as of Jan 04 2013 07:24 PM

PAGASA MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 6:32 a.m., 04 January 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm "Auring" made landfall in the southern tip of Palawan on Friday morning, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

PAGASA said public storm warning signal no. 2 remains hoisted over southern Palawan, while the rest of the province is under signal no. 1.

Auring has maintained its strength, still packing maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

As of 5 a.m., it was located 220 kilometers southwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

Auring, which had triggered flooding in some parts of northern Mindanao, was moving west at 28 kph.

PAGASA forecaster Gener Quitlong said with this speed and direction, Auring will be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility afternoon today.

"Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal #2 and #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under public storm warning signal #2 are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone," PAGASA said.

Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the seaboards of northern and central Luzon and the western seaboards of southern Luzon due to the northeast monsoon (amihan).

Estimated rainfall is 10 to 20 millimeters per hour (heavy - intense) within the storm's 300-km diameter.

New cyclone

A new cluster of clouds over the Pacific Ocean is expected to intensify into a low pressure area (LPA) and possibly a cyclone, Quitlong said.

The cluster of clouds, according to Quitlong, may enter PAR as early as Saturday.

The potential cyclone is forecast to hit typhoon-battered Mindanao again. Quitlong explained that the current orientation of the sun has created conditions favorable to the formation of cyclones in the waters off the region.

"Kung magpapatuloy [ang galaw nito], sa east ng Mindanao [ito tatama]. Kasi malakas ang amihan so hindi maka-angat itong mga kaulapan na ito," Quitlong said.

"Sa Luzon, naaapektuhan tayo ng amihan, malamig ang dagat, malamig ang hangin, kaya hindi nabubuo ang LPA."